Golf News


Inglewood Golf Club played host to the Women’s over 50’s Strokeplay and Teams event last week. In the Teams event the Urenui 2 quartet of Evelyn Mills, Helen Newton, Marion Coleman and Judith Hymers won the team’s event with a combined total of 105 points, 1 point ahead of the Westown 1 team. In the Individual strokeplay competition the best net in division 1 went to Inglewood’s Gail Herbert 83-16-67 and 1st Stableford went to Ann Aitkin with 36 points. In Division 2 Sharon Joseph 91-23-68 also from Inglewood won the net and Kaitake’s Kim Woodward 36 points was 1st Stableford.  Tumahu’s Donna Sharpe 104-37-67 was best net in division 3 and Carole Bolton 37 points -Westown was 1st Stableford.


The Taranaki Women’s Masters Team head to Ngaruawahia this weekend to compete in the Masters Interprovincial. The team of Debbie McCullum, Svala Garner, Anne Braithwaite and Joanne McDonald, will play 4 rounds of gross stableford with the best 3 scores counting towards the team score. Whilst winning the event may not be a realistic goal for the team a top 5 finish is definitely a possibility if they can consistently produce scores of 30 points plus.


Kerry Otene just did enough to win this year’s Waimate Plains Championships at Manaia on Sunday. Otene shot rounds of 70-68-138 to finish 1 stroke ahead of Aarun Langton 71-68-139. Manaia’s Caleb Symes 75-70-145 and Tumahu’s Joseph Doyle 70-75-145 were another 6 strokes further back in 3rd spot. The best net went to Manaia golfer Ross Johnstone 86-23-63 & 94-23-71- 134 with Inglewood’s Willy Wilson 81-18-63 7 92-18-74- 137 in 2nd place.


A 6 over par final round 78 at the NZ Strokeplay Championships in Hastings on Sunday prevented Fletcher Broderick from any hopes of a top 20 finish. After an 8 over par 80 on day one Broderick fought back well with a 67 to make the cut for the weekend a 3rd round 73 left him in a tie for 25th place heading into the final round, but had to settle for 39th spot after 72 holes. Fellow Taranaki golfer Ethan Jones 72-77-75-78-302 finished in 53rd place, whilst Te Ngutu’s James Malone missed the cut.


The two will be in the field for the Barefoot and Thompson Akarana Open which begins today. In a strong Professional and Amateur field, the two will realistically be aiming to make the cut of the top 50 and ties and anything after that will be a bonus. Taranaki Professionals Grant Moorhead, Stephen Heyes and Brad Hayward will also be amongst the field, all hoping for a high placed finish at the end of the weekend.


The 3rd Round of the Women’s Weekend Pennant was held at Manukorihi Golf Club on Sunday. The host club took full advantage of playing on their home course with a 3½ - 1½ win against a strong Te Ngutu side. Inglewood had a win by the same margin against New Plymouth who is yet to win a match this year. Kaitake came out on top against Hawera 3-2 to remain unbeaten this year and Manaia had a good win against Westown by the same margin.


Results Round 3 Women’s Mid-week Pennant Manukorihi GC Sunday 26th March: INGLEWOOD 3½ v NEW PLYMOUTH 1½:  M. Wilson bt  V. McEldowney 1 up, M. Messenger bt S. Plimmer 1 up, S. Willans lost to S. Lahood 5/4, D. Masters & J. Cleaver A/S, J. Wilson bt R. McKernan  7/6.  WESTOWN 2 v MANAIA 3: A. Kretschmar bt D. Morresey   1 up,  K. Pattison lost to F. Ford 4/2,  H. Busing lost to J. Higgins 4/3, D. Stewart lost C. Koch 4/2, S. Lee bt D. Gibbs 4/2. KAITAKE 3 v HAWERA 2 : J. Koch & T. Kumeroa A/S, D. Jones bt S. Goble  3/2, J. Farrant lost to T. Steele  4/3, K. Woodward & J. Shera A/S, P. Gray bt R. Gemmell  3/1. TE NGUTU 1½ v MANUKORIHI 3½:  D. McCallum & C. Ogle A/S, A. Braithwaite bt L. Elliot 2 up,  K. Mihaljevich & N. Mancer A/S, E. Wilson lost to R. Scholtz 7/5, M. Bunker lost to J. Broadmore 2/1. Points Table: Manukorihi 6, Kaitake 5, Te Ngutu 4, Manaia, Westown, Inglewood & Hawera 2, New Plymouth 1


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